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The smart buyer - Purchasing a storm-damaged boat

Determining the boat's condition before it was damaged will help you decide on an offer or bid.Owners and insurance companies sell a wave of damaged boats soon after a major storm hits the coast. These boats can a bargain for those with the skills and resources to repair them, but they also can be the proverbial “hole in the water” waiting to be filled with money, sweat and lost hopes.

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The smart buyer: How many horses do you need?

The Whaler 230 Vantage is offered with several power options.One of the most important decisions a new-boat buyer faces is choosing the engine, and boatbuilders increasingly are offering several options when it comes to outboard propulsion.



Power for play

There’s a lot happening in propulsion these days, from joysticks to outboards and inboards

 Torqeedo Deep Blue 80-hp electric outboardIf it’s been a while since you last took a close look at engines and helm systems, you’re in for some surprises at the winter boat shows.



In the engine room: I/Os and inboards

Technology in the diesel and gasoline inboard and sterndrive segments truly surged in 2012 with lighter, more efficient, quieter and cleaner power plants. Cummins, Mercury, Volvo Penta and Yanmar have been touting new engines and/or drives.



Inside the box

New sport cruisers from Pursuit and Sea Ray offer a fresh approach to outboard power

Pursuit SC 365i Sport CoupeA number of innovative engines and helm-control systems will hit the market with full force this year. Among the more notable helm systems are those from Yamaha and Mercury, which introduced joystick controls for outboards in the fall.



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